You’re Not Alone
February 12, 2019 — 12:57

By Grace Maselli

That’s right. A happy reminder that when you, your friends, loved ones, neighbors, or acquaintances join a timebank, it means you’re not alone. Free membership into our exchange system is yours—no money involved. Rather, “person hours” are the currency earned as you build community and friendship—all while you exchange services you love to provide, and receive the same. (Think: get help cleaning your ‘fridge, provide a ride to shop for groceries, or hang out with a timebank companion to see a film, etc.) Then log exchange hours into the easy-to-use “Hour World” website account. Download our timebanking flyer for super portable info! Click on the flyer’s web links herein to check out the St. Pete’s  and Spring Hill websites. TBT is part of an area timebank network. Way to go!

Valentine’s Potluck: Conversations on Love, Life, and Timebank Exchanges
February 12, 2019 — 11:04

By Grace Maselli

This Sunday, February 10, in honor of timebanking and Valentine’s Day, 18 of us gathered to celebrate. We had poets and painters and a naturopath. We had an insurance specialist, a Liberian cookbook author fluent in French—professional writers, teachers, puppies, and a professor from Pasco County’s St. Leo University. We had an online university student and many students of life. There were two almost-too-adorable, bright, kind, creative kids who made up Valentine’s stories on the fly! We had a former priest and a Zen Buddhist who studied in Japan. We talked about first dates and weddings. About loving, sought-after step mothers who are confidantes and sources of deep connection to their spouse’s children from other loving mothers. We talked about inter-generational mother-daughter relationships, bad dates, lost loves, hormones, and life in general. We took a Valentine’s Day quiz and had some lively responses! We shared our newly printed fliers and, of course, we ate and then ate some more. Tuna, pasta, chicken,  star fruit, split peas, carrots, avocados, pizza, chocolate…a suitable smorgasbord!

Gee Whiz, It’s Third Tuesday Time
February 11, 2019 — 19:03

By Grace Maselli

Time’s flying! Join us soon on Tuesday, February 19our Third Tuesday of Every Month member-and-guest meeting and orientation.  We meet at Tampa’s Life Enrichment Center (LEC). Our Third Tuesdays are part of TBT’s revitalization initiative to dispatch our efforts further into the community. This month, as always, we’re dedicated to education around our mission: exchanges, as explained here in our flyer! But we’re also gearing up for a local celebration of International Timebank Day and founder Dr. Edgar Cahn’s birthday on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Come join us at LEC for some community togetherness, event planning, and timebanking conversation!

Date Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time 6:30-8:30 PM
Address 9704 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612; phone: 813.932.0241
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org or leave a blog post here

 

 

Reminder: Join Us this Sunday for a Valentine’s Soirée Potluck
February 7, 2019 — 7:43

By Grace Maselli

Tampa Bay Timebank members and friends are cordially invited to a Valentine’s Soirée potluck where each guest can safely wear his or her heart on their well-worn (or otherwise) sleeve! Come share an enchanting dish and be prepared to extol love, celebrate joy, and bemoan loss as may be applicable. (Uh, er, when isn’t it applicable?) Tell us your tales of love liberation or what your heart aches for. Come single, coupled, ambivalent, or whatever.

Festive Valentine’s Accessories Required for Entry!

Whether it’s a red glitter heart headbopper—or a suitable tinsel tiara and socks festooned with the ancient Roman god of love—come dressed for Valentine’s attention. Regale us with accounts of crushes from yesteryear or the last 10 minutes, or anything else cupid would wink at or shed a tear over. We’ll empathize over pink confections and 1950s Jell-O molds. (Does anyone know how to make a Jell-O mold?) Come join the TBT Valentine’s Soirée where we’ll pass the “talking heart” from participant to participant, sharing friendship and real life. 

Date Sunday, February 10, 2018
Time 3:00 to Our Heart’s Content
Address 2128 Park Crescent Drive
Land O Lakes, FL  34639
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org or call (215) 834-4567 and reference our Valentine’s  Soirée potluck.
TBT Revitalization Project: Share the LOVE with Our New Flyer
January 27, 2019 — 11:31

By Grace Maselli

Hear ye hear ye! It’s time to spread the news about TBT. Check out our new flyer! We’re pumping up the volume through the ABCs, spreading the good word to libraries, community centers, relevant community spaces in the Tampa Bay Area, about how timebanking gets people together through services exchanges they like to do that help members and themselves, too.

What’s Timebanking?

It’s a service exchange “system” that uses time as its currency. Instead of money, we exchange “person hours.” So you can sign up to do things you love for members, offering what you enjoy in a service exchange. Members can organize household stuff, help with meal preparation, offer rides, tutor, fix things—if that’s what excites you. Professionals can participate too through their organizations or as individchange service credit hours and record them in our online “Hour World” system. Every hour of time is valued equally. Whether you’re weeding someone’s garden or drawing architectural plans. Feel free to send the flyer to your network of community members, either online, or print some and sprinkle ’em around like happy confetti. Yay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BJ and the Dragonfly!
January 27, 2019 — 9:44

* Hey peeps, let’s give it up for guest blogger and founder of the Spring Hill Timebank, Dr. Andy LePage, and his very own spotlight on St. Pete Timebank Coordinator, BJ Andryusky. The link to the Spring Hill Timebank also takes you directly to Andy’s original piece covering BJ. Let Andy know what you think! Thanks, Grace


By Andy LePage

How wonderful it is to find the hidden gold in another and then to celebrate it. Recently I found such hidden gold in BJ Andryusky, the Coordinator of St. Pete Time Bank. And what hidden gold it is!

BJ has given a huge amount of help to us in at Spring Hill Time Bank, in as far as we’re new and kind of “green” in understanding the finer points of moving around the website and in learning about the inner workings of Time Banking. Although she and I have had many conversations, it wasn’t until the end of last November that she mentioned she was having a guest exhibit at the Dali in early December.

Recently I spoke with her again about Time Banking and at the end of our conversation — a conversation that always includes her great computer instruction — I asked how her art show had gone. She was so excited. Although there wasn’t a formal judging of the new talent exhibitors that BJ was a part of, among the twelve exhibitors, she was in what would have been first place! Her work was so favorably received by the Dali staff, that she hopes to be able to exhibit there again, as well as have some of her art for sale in their gift store.

On her Facebook page, BJ writing about herself and her art states: “I am an artist with an exceptional skill for turning domestic items like vases, boxes, and jars into affordable metallic-looking art. I do this by working my magic with polymer clay; often in an industrial, steampunk or bohemian style. You will find each piece is handmade and one of a kind. A true conversation, collectible piece!”

In case anyone reading this piece thinks that BJ has an exaggerated sense of herself and her talent, please use one of the links at the end of this article to see her incredible ability and to know that she honestly speaks her truth.

One of BJ’s customers wrote this about her art: “I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful these pieces are. BJ is currently working on a custom piece for me, but I did purchase some ornaments from her for gifts, and both people I gave them to absolutely loved them. There is such attention to detail and creativity in each piece.”

Another said: “I can’t thank you enough BJ for creating the customized book ends for my Father-in-law’s 80th birthday gift! He absolutely loved them and everyone at the party was completely blown away by the craftsmanship and creativity of the pieces!”

We may never know about all the talent the great people whom we meet in Time Banking have. But as we get to know our fellow Time Bankers, we will find that many, like BJ, have their own form of hidden gold.

The name of BJ’s business is Dragonfly Antics. Readers may know that the dragonfly is a strong-bodied, non-stinging insect which helps to keep the mosquito population down and has wings that stay outstretched rather than folded when at rest. This is great symbology for how BJ watches over all of us in the Time Bank. Even at rest, she has her great wings outstretched ready at a moment’s notice to help someone, to encourage us to be our best, and to hold other coordinator’s hands (mine and many others’!) as they try to navigate the inner workings of Time Banking. She is as skillful in helping us find answers to our questions as she is in nimbly crafting magnificent pieces of art from a tattered jewelry box or a broken vase. We are fortunate she is in our midst! Check out this gifted lady’s website at dragonflyantics.com  and at facebook.com/pg/dragonflyantics/about/

A Metaphoric Barn Raising (aka, a Community’s Collective Action)
January 20, 2019 — 9:01

By Grace Maselli

It’s all about getting it done. Together. Pretend it’s 1900 in Indiana. It’ll be mighty cold soon, and your barn, well, it needs a raisin’. Through collective community effort, your neighbors come together with lots of up-front prep work done. Lumber, hammers, and nails are at the ready for able-bodied builders—others bring food to sustain the collective. Before you know it, in one to two days, with dozens of people on the job, the structure is up. Later, there’s a party inside where it’s warm, with a fiddle or three and a dance. Next up, Jeremiah and Annabell’s place seven miles down the road.

The point? Interdependent social frameworks—neighborly and family bondedness, mean there are people who can be there when you need it most. And to whom you can return the favor. This is the very essence of Dr. Edgar Cahn’s vision 30 years ago or so when he conceived the timebank model of service exchange sans money. By connecting through local Tampa Bay Area’s timebanks, members and potential members stand to expand the help they give and receive through the barn-raising archetype. Whether it’s assistance you need moving your pile of stuff into storage, a leg up with cooking, yoga lessons to jump start your fitness goals, job coaching, or a ride to a doctor’s appointment, timebanking can get you there without money because in our world, time is the currency required. It’s free to join. And when you do, your modern day equivalent of Willis and Bertha, neighbors down the road—or, maybe, even across the Howard Franklin Bridge, just might be the folks in your life to lay a strong foundation. Click here to get your application to TBT rolling!

 

 

Exchange-a-Palooza
January 19, 2019 — 17:34

By Grace Maselli

 

Tampa Bay Timebank’s Third Tuesday membership meeting this January 15 was spirited and industrious. It brought with it 12 attendees and White Elephant fun. Debuting during the latter activity was a red octopus “carousel” for drying your most delicate hand washables! Check it out right here as members who joined the meeting at Tampa’s Life Enrichment Center (LEC) displayed their giftiness. Candles, potpourri, sachet (Do you notice a coincidental theme?), jewelry, chocolate, and hybrid pens-book markers also made their way into the gift swap.

The evening was also notably marked by strong emphasis on timebank exchanging—where one member’s hour of a “service” offering, anything from running an errand or editing a research paper, to washing another person’s car or painting her living room walls, without money involved (except in some cases where the cost of gas and some supplies may be warranted) in the transaction—is equal to every other person’s hour of service. Exchanging is the lifeblood, the heart and soul, of timebanking and core to the TBT Revitalization Project.

Amped-Up to Grow

As such, our cheerful leadership’s sustained focus is on getting timebank exchanges amped-up to grow community connections. Among these broader Tampa Bay Area leaders are Dr. Andy LePage, founder of the Spring Hill Timebank, pictured here holding the ever-lovely plastic octopus and surrounded by members. The esteemed Marie Nelson who founded TBT, Rita Cobbs, our current and venerable coordinator—and Nancy Wolf, Kelley Curtis, Karen Lowman, and Vikki Sinclair, are all longstanding, invaluable members who play leadership roles, among other pivotal supporter-members otherwise known as ardent advocates of the timebank way.

We Hustled and Bustled, Moved this Way and That

Livening things up and driving the point home, Andy led an exchange exercise that went like this:

• He handed out paper copies of his “Love to Do’s” list of approximately 45 timebank activities/services and asked everyone to circle the options they were most drawn to. The stuff they liked best, from art and pet care to home repair and language interpretation—and a gaggle of things in between.
• We were directed to circle three to five of our faves.
• Next, Andy handed out Post-it Notes and pens.
• For each darling activity/service that a participant selected, he or she filled out one Post-it with the specific activity indicated and his or her name included on each sticky note.
• We stuck the Post-its on three walls.
• We were invited to walk around the room to see who shares similar interests.
• So we hustled and bustled with springs in our steps, this way and that, through the room, to gaze upon Post-its and see what was what.
• Then we gathered in a cozy community circle where we had an open conversation and grouped people with like interests.
• Immediately, some exchanges were set up!
Voila!

The moral of the story: Timebanking works beautifully when people get to help each other and themselves and self-express, all at the same time. Andy’s taken his exchange exercise on the road to various timebank area meetings to cheers and whoop-whoops of acceptance.

Join us in February for our monthly member-and-guest meeting and orientation and let us know what exchanges you’re interested in! Here are the details:

Date Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time 6:30-8:30 PM
Address 9704 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612; phone: 813.932.0241
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org or leave a blog post here

 

 

 

 

 

Shapeshift to Earn Timebank Hours
January 11, 2019 — 20:55

By Grace Maselli

You heard it here first. TBT “Silver Sneakers” members are starting the year off with a bang and a deep-knee bend. You can also throw in some weights, machines, and floor exercises at Shapes Fitness for Women in Tampa. Our members are gathering there to sweat and get their exercise groove-thang on. It’s every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for 30 or 60 minutes. Cost is $10 a month with a Silver Sneakers pass for our members through Medicare insurance. Earn timebank hours for your calorie-burning effort. So grab your gear and get a move on!

Date Fridays 
Time 10:30 to 11 a.m. OR 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., whatever you’re in the mood for!
Address Shapes Fitness for Women
11301 North 56th St.
Temple Terrace, FL. 33617
813.988.1676
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org and reference deep-knee bends. Yippee!
Mark Your Calendars for a Valentine’s Soirée!
January 11, 2019 — 20:08

By Grace Maselli

Tampa Bay Timebank members and friends are cordially invited to a Valentine’s Soirée potluck where each guest can safely wear his or her heart on their well-worn (or otherwise) sleeve! Come share an enchanting dish and be prepared to extol love, celebrate joy, and bemoan loss as may be applicable. (Uh, er, when isn’t it applicable?) Tell us your tales of love liberation or what your heart aches for. Come single, coupled, ambivalent, or whatever.

Festive Valentine’s Accessories Required for Entry!

Whether it’s a red glitter heart headbopper—or a suitable tinsel tiara and socks festooned with the ancient Roman god of love—come dressed for Valentine’s attention. Regale us with accounts of crushes from yesteryear or the last 10 minutes, or anything else cupid would wink at or shed a tear over. We’ll empathize over pink confections and 1950s Jell-O molds. (Does anyone know how to make a Jell-O mold?) Come join the TBT Valentine’s Soirée where we’ll pass the “talking heart” from participant to participant, sharing friendship and real life. 

Date Sunday, February 10, 2018
Time 3:00 to Our Heart’s Content
Address 2128 Park Crescent Drive
Land O Lakes, FL  34639
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org or call (215) 834-4567 and reference our Valentine’s  Soirée potluck.